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Finishing Strong: Ayana Brown

Name: Ayana Brown
Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
Degree: B.A. in History
Graduation: December 2016

After transferring to Armstrong from a large state school in her second year, Ayana Brown will Finish Strong at Fall Commencement on Dec. 10.

“I wanted to be at a smaller school to have stronger connections to my peers and professors,” she explains. “I am happy I moved to Armstrong because of the relationships I have made my last three years here.”

With the dream of being a museum curator, Brown tailored her campus experiences to support her goal. She served as president and vice president of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta, a professional group whose purpose is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of ideas among historians. 

Brown especially enjoyed working as a research assistant for Dr. Barbara Fertig in the History Department. This hardworking student was responsible for logging audio recordings and videotapes for an oral history project focusing on local African-American communities in Pin Point and Sandfly. Once completed, the project will be housed in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

“Working with Dr. Fertig for these last few years has created one of the strongest bonds I’ve ever had with a professor,” she says. “She’s like a family member to me.”

She, in fact, gives kudos to her many of her professors, who encouraged her throughout her time at Armstrong.

“Whenever I felt like I hit a rut during my college career, my professors always inspired me to push harder,” she says. “I was able to achieve the goals they knew I could reach.”

Travis Jones

“Many of the professors I had at Armstrong left an indelible mark on the man I've become today,I think the simplest, most relevant takeaway is that they taught me how to be an adult.”

Travis Jones
Class of 2012
B.F.A. in Photography